Midas Sets the Table
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the Winter 2006 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
Modern gold designs attract even the most ardent minimalist: The metal can be center stage or one small element, matte or gloss, saucy or sublime.
TableArt's Walter Lowry uses gold to signal serious fun. "The more gold you add—whether it's a glass-beaded mat under a plate or a stemless goblet—the dressier the table looks." His shop sells single-pattern five-piece settings, but Lowry sees more people mixing and matching patterns to fit their entertaining styles. Festive doesn't have to mean finicky, he stresses, in either aesthetic or upkeep. Plates like Bodo Sperlein's Motion (No. 48) can go in the dishwasher (use the china cycle and turn off the heated dry), though Lowry says no fine china, with or without gold, should be placed in a microwave.